Aug 1, 2018

Update August 1, 2018: Survey responses are being tabulated

Like most municipalities, Colwood has a Traffic Calming Policy that ensures residents are included in decision making about traffic calming initiatives proposed for their neighbourhood.

In July 2018, surveys were sent to addresses in the Lagoon Neighbourhood to determine the level of support for the proposed traffic calming measures shown below. Homeowners had the option to respond in paper form or online by July 27, 2018 (one survey per household). Per the policy, at least 50% of households surveyed must respond, and at least 75% of responses must support the measures for the project to proceed. The results of the Lagoon Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Survey will be shared when all responses have been tabulated. 

Update May 16, 2018: Council favours speed cushions and road closure 

On May 14, Council directed staff to investigate installation of speed cushions on Lagoon Road, Milburn Drive, and Ocean Boulevard, as well as the feasibility of closing Hatley Drive at Passage Way. The next step will be to develop draft design concepts and survey residents to determine the level of support for these measures.

Update May 8, 2018: Traffic Data and Traffic Calming Options 

In response to resident concerns about vehicle speeds on Lagoon Road and Milburn Drive, City staff collected and analyzed vehicle speeds, counts, and traffic patterns in the Lagoon neighbourhood between June 2017 and March 2018. The data was used to develop and bring forward for discussion several traffic calming options and the implications they would have for the neighbourhood and the City as a whole.

Read the details in the Traffic Calming Options and Implications for the Lagoon Neighbourhood. Council will consider the options and implications at the May 7 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Update: Lagoon neighbourhood traffic calming information to go out in spring 2018

Colwood staff have been compiling and analyzing the data from the speed readers on Lagoon Road and Milburn Drive. This data will be made public, and will be included the traffic calming survey that will be mailed to residents in the area this spring.

Update: New traffic calming policy approved December 2017

Colwood Council approved a new Traffic Calming Policy that involves residents in decision making. It outlines the many factors that must be considered. Is the road a busy major artery or a quiet local road? Will traffic calming measures on one route result in short cutting through another route? Will a change require police enforcement in order to be effective? Has access by emergency vehicles been considered? Is it a steep road where raised traffic calming measures would be unsafe? Read more: Colwood gets clear on traffic calming

Data from reader boards will inform traffic calming actions

During the spring of 2017, the City received a number of concerns from residents of Milburn Drive and the surrounding neighbourhood about traffic volumes, speeding and pedestrian safety.

There are several things that make traffic flow in the lagoon area unique. Ocean Boulevard is within an area designated as open/park space with specific environmental considerations, and yet the surrounding streets are used for both local access and commuter vehicle movement. This dual use can create challenges.

On June 12, 2017, Colwood Council passed three resolutions:

  1. Prepare a Traffic Calming Policy within the next 6 months;
  2. Work with the West Shore RCMP to enhance enforcement in the area of Milburn Drive and Lagoon Road; and
  3. Explore options for synchronizing the timing of the traffic lights along Sooke Road and Island Highway with the goal of improving traffic flow on major routes and reducing the number of vehicles on Milburn Drive and Lagoon Road.

Recording vehicle speeds and counts

On Friday, June 30th, two speed reader boards were installed — one on Milburn Drive and one on Lagoon Road. These reader boards collect traffic data, including the date, time, speed and number of vehicles passing by. This information will be analyzed and used as benchmark data for a new Traffic Calming Policy. The results of the data collection will be shared publicly.

The speed limit on these roads is 40 km per hour. The reader boards will display vehicle speeds up to 50 km per hour, and then go blank. This is to discourage immature drivers wanting to 'test the limit of the reader'. Actual speeds and vehicle counts are tracked even when nothing is displayed on the reader board.

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